Living With Early Prostate Cancer: Decisions and Outcomes
Final rept. 9 Jul 2001-8 Jul 2005
BOSTON UNIV MA
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To examine mens perceptions of life transitions associated with prostate cancer through an analysis of their narratives, obtained in in-depth, qualitative interviews compare mens narratives of perceived transitions with respect to quality of life outcome states, i.e., good vs. poor prostate cancer-related quality of life. Phase 1 interview participants in our quality of life survey of previously treated patients, stratified qualityof life. Phase 2 interview members of our prospective cohort who have completed 36-month follow-up, stratified by quality of life states and observed changes in urinary, bowel, and sexual function. Phase 3 prospectively interview patients with new diagnoses of early prostate cancer prior to treatment and 12 months later. Comparative analyses, with comparisons between strata and the three cohorts, have characterized the structure and content of patients narratives of prostate cancer, including specific changes in identity and interpersonal relationships, that are linked to quality of life outcomes.
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